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the Good Thief hits Vegas
on 19 July 2010
This is the third in the Good Thief series, the previous ones being Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam and the Good Thief's Guide to Paris and feature, Charlie Howard, a thief who has turned to writing crime novels. He is on vacation at Las Vegas with his literary agent, Victoria, who has finally tracked him down and met him face to face only to find that the face on his book jackets and those of Charlie, don't match at all. The reader can easily pick up on the frisson between the two of them and the attraction, unless I am imagining it, and it is not long before she too reveals an unexpected side when they are involved in a murder mystery and a scam at a casino owned by two twin brothers who don't take kindly to this and who have Charlie and Victoria down as the culprits. They have 24 hours to prove their innocence, repay the missing money and to track down a vanishing magician who holds the key to the mystery.
I love these books - they are great fun and are witty with cracking and amusing dialogue. And what I appreciate about this is that there is no self conscious 'oh my god I'm sooo cool, I'm sooo funny' coming off the page. I have read a few so called fun thrillers recently and my main gripe about them is that after a while the wit wears thin, it has been arrived at with enormous effort and it shows. Chris Ewan is just naturally funny and I find this series sparkling and engaging with a a pacy narrative which takes the reader along for a great ride.
I gather the next one is set in Venice and I can't wait for that one. He had better be careful there though else he might find Inspettore Brunetti hot on his tail...